Just like Janelle Monáe, I got to know Cher as an actress first in the 80s, before learning later that she was already a chart-topping artist in the 60s and 70s. In 1983, she gained worldwide acclaim when her movie Silkwood gave her her first Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress. Then in 1985, I saw her in Mask, where she won Best Actress in the Cannes Film Festival. Finally, she won the Oscar Best Actress award for Moonstruck in 1988. That was also the time that she decided to record again with her self-titled album in 1987. In 1989, she released this album Heart of Stone, and I was really surprised to learn that it was already her 19th album! Amazing! I thought at that time that it was just maybe her 3rd or 4th album, but 19th, wow, that meant she had a really long career in music, something which I discovered much later on. Actors who sing, and singers who act are dime a dozen in Hollywood, but Cher is exemplary because she was able to juggle all of that, including a long career on television as well – and reach the peak in all those mediums. This album was particularly important because it gave her three more top 10 songs in the US – an achievement really, considering that her first recording was way back in 1965. So to get four top 10 hits from an album 24 years into your musical career is an incredible achievement. This album also showed me the racy side of Cher because in the video for “If I Could Turn Back Time” she wore this very revealing dress – as she sang the song in what looked like an aircraft carrier –with all these male soldiers singing along with her. I don’t know why she continued to dress that way when she was already a respectable actress by that time! Oh well, I think that Cher was just being herself.